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Re: Black persons in early Washington County, Penn

When you have the time could you check for the ADAMS & WILSON surnames? I am not sure if BELL had more information than what was in the early census.

Can you also tell me what Mr. Bell meant by "early Washington County?"

I can place my ADAMS family in Greene County (formed from Washington) as early as 1798 in court records. This Adams family came out of Maryland but I have no handle on what year. Abraham and Isaac ADAMS were in court for counterfeiting (charges dropped later) A man by the name of HEATON was in court with them. The HEATON family were slave owners so I don't know if Abraham and Isaac were freed by HEATONs but that is a possibility.

Another ADAMS is Jacob ADAMS who was also in court in early Greene County (formed from Washington). A Thomas Smith posted bond with Jacob. Jacob was charged with "a nuisance". Jacob is living as free in the 1800 census of Greene County with 11 "others" in his household. I believe he is the Jacob Adams that purchased an original lot in the town of Waynesburg (Greene County) and erected a mill on Ten Mile Creek. He was a millwright and known to have built some of the first stream mills in the area. I am a direct descendant of Jacob. Any help on this is greatly appreciated. I am also gathering information on all Slaves and Free Persons of Color in Southwest PA. Can you tell me your interest in Washington County?
Thank you!


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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